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Fat Facts 101


With all the buzz in the popular press lately about the vindication of saturated fat and the recent publication of meticulously researched books promoting the same, now is a good time for a refresher on fats. As health care professionals, we help guide our patients toward healthy diets and lifestyles, so it’s important that we have a sufficient working knowledge of some of the phrases we pepper the conversation with, such as saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, vegetable oils, etc.

Nutrients for Sun-Damaged Skin

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This wonderful season of summer invokes images of beaches, picnics, camping and pools.  Nearly all of our favorite summer activities include enjoying the warm weather and the brilliant sunshine. However, summer’s coveted golden rays not only inflict more direct ultraviolet rays our way, but they target a much greater surface area as more of our skin is exposed during this season. This unfortunately results in damaged skin cells that are in dire need of nourishment and repair. 


Examining Paleo and Beyond

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If you practice functional or complementary medicine, you’re probably familiar with the basics of a Paleo diet approach. You might recommend “Paleo” for to patients, and perhaps you even follow it yourself. If so, where do you fall in the spectrum? Are you 100% grain, legume, and dairy free? Or do you follow the 80/20 rule, popularized in the “Primal” approach, which includes dairy and leaves room for enjoying the occasional dark chocolate and red wine? Or are you even more relaxed than that, sticking mostly to whole, unprocessed foods, but enjoying wheat, sugary treats, and a little taste of whatever catches your eye at weddings, birthdays, or perhaps just when you need a little pick-me-up at the end of a tough day now and then? 


Pea Power

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Peas: love ‘em or hate ’em; there aren’t many opinions in between. They either induce thoughts of sweet, tender green peas fresh from a summer garden, steamed, with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt for good measure – or they evoke painful memories of being forced to choke down a bowl of overcooked, gray, mushy ‘stuff’ in order to earn dessert. But whatever your opinion of peas may be, with the introduction of pea powders, modern technology allows us to take advantage of something positive peas offer – that being protein – without some common drawbacks.


Getting the Most Out of Your Workout

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Pre-workout supplements have never been more popular. They provide you with increased energy and endurance for your workout; however, there are several issues to consider when choosing the best approach for yourself or your patients.

Aloe Vera - Beyond Sunburns


Aloe vera, a plant extract that has been used for centuries, is most recognized for its soothing effects on sunburns. Research, however, shows a variety of other potential benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antiparasitic properties. Aloe has been studied for its effect on blood glucose, skin tissue engineering, wound healing, acne and even dentistry. It appears that much of aloe’s beneficial effects have to do with its propensity to help combat oxidative stress.

Autoimmune Disease – What Lies Beneath

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Autoimmune diseases have become increasingly more common. Medical doctors are taught that our health is the result of our genes, and that health is preprogrammed and predetermined. This view rejects the possibility that health reflects an accumulation of choices that we make and the environmental impact around us. The reality is our health and well-being are the result of how our environment interacts with our genes.

Outstanding Oil of Oregano - A Jack of All Trades


In the world of plant-based antimicrobials, oil of oregano shines as one of the most effective agents against a broad range of unsuspecting organisms. Originating from the Mediterranean region, its keen ability to inhibit and destroy a wide variety of organisms is attributed to its high concentration of phenolic compounds extracted from the aerial parts of this herb. The two leading bioactive phenols include thymol and carvacrol, of which carvacrol is the leading counterpart.

Lyme Disease: The Perfect Storm

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Blood-sucking ticks coming to a field and forest near you.

Reviving the Skin with Creatine

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Creatine has long been known as an anabolic agent used with athletes to build muscle and enhance athletic performance. It has also come under fire because people have misused or overused creatine, and certain supplements were found to be tainted with contaminants and heavy metals. However, in recent years, creatine has redefined itself. Not only is it viewed as a safe supplement for athletes and bodybuilders, it is used therapeutically in many areas of the body, including the skin.

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